The first American Mother's Day celebration happened in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. Her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, a peace advocate, died in 1905. That same year, Anna had a mission to honor her mother by continuing her work and she also started a movement for a special day to honor all mothers. Anna's persistence and determination to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States paid off. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother's Day.